First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in Iowa

First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in Iowa (HMHZV)

Location: Keokuk, IA 52632 Lee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 23.881', W 91° 23.033'

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B'nai Israel Congregation

Jews have been part of the social, economic and cultural life of Iowa since the early 19th century. It was not until 1855 that the Jewish population in Keokuk grew large enough to establish a religious community, Congregation B'nai Israel ( Children of Israel). The congregation initially rented space for religious worship at the corner of Main and 7th streets. Through the combined efforts of both Jews and Christians alike, funds were raised and a permanent synagogue was constructed at 8th and Blondeau Streets in 1877. The building was sold, in 1938, to the Keokuk Gospel Center to continue as a house of faith until 1957 when it was torn down. Congregation B'nai Israel, in Keokuk, affirmed the American principle of freedom of religion and assembly.
Year Placed2006
Placed ByJewish American Society for Historic Preservation, City of Keokuk, Iowa Jewish Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 1:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 637149 N 4473188
Decimal Degrees40.39801667, -91.38388333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 23.881', W 91° 23.033'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 23' 52.86" N, 91° 23' 1.98" W
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Area Code(s)319
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 98 N 7th St, Keokuk IA 52632, US
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